1. Do we believe Quin Snyder should be positive about this loss?
As soon as Quin Snyder began his press conference, without receiving a question, he delivered this statement:
“While it’s not the result that we want, obviously, but I thought we gave a really, really pure, good effort. I think you can feel it watching the game. We’ve got to make a few more shots, Boston hit some tough shots and we had a couple of breakdowns, particularly when Smart hit those threes. But I saw a team that was committed to defending and playing together.”
Do we believe that? Is Quin right? Let’s do a pro and con list.
Pro: The Jazz only gave up 114 points instead of 131 points on Monday. That’s better!
Con: But they did it on far fewer possessions. There were only 88 possessions in this game, per CleaningTheGlass, which means the Jazz had a 128 defensive rating. It was 130 in the Phoenix game. I mean, I guess that’s better, but not by enough to be positive about it.
Pro: But Jayson Tatum, Marcus Smart, and Jaylen Brown made a bunch of tough shots. This is legitimately true. Tatum, in particular, was on fire, scoring 33 points on 13-20 shooting, including 3-5 from three. And that’s continued a trend for Tatum: he made 8-12 threes last night against Portland, too.
Con: Okay, but there were still so many instances of defensive miscommunication.…